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Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries Connections

The Toronto Metropolitan University Library collaborates with many groups across campus to create exciting new resources and services.  Here are a few of our recent projects:

German Walk T.O.

This project is an interactive website that is accompanied by an immersive mobile app that provides an audio driven tour of Toronto focusing on the influence of German immigration and culture on the city’s colourful ethnic fabric. The individual walks were created by Toronto writer and columnist Shawn Micallef, co-founder and a senior editor of the award–winning magazine Spacing.

The design and development of the web and mobile platforms was done by Michael Carter-Arlt from the Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries. The primary photography and audio recording for this project was provided by Liam Maloney, who is a documentary photographer and educator based between Toronto and Montréal.

Additional photography was also provided by Neal Rockwell and Alexa Vachon both of Toronto, ON.

Aga Khan Remastered

Toronto Metropolitan University Library has partnered with the Aga Khan Museum in a creative collaboration that harnesses digital technology to create innovative experiences for the Museum’s exciting new Remastered exhibition.

The Aga Khan Museum recently launched it’s vibrant Remastered exhibition—November 7 to March 21, 2021—showcasing 11 classic Islamic manuscript paintings complemented by 40 digital interventions.

The digital interventions are the work of Library Collaboratory team members, Lead Developer Michael Carter-Arlt, Web Developer and Support Technician Jae Duk Seo, with Information Technology Services Head Fangmin Wang and Web Services Librarian Sally Wilson acting as administrative consultants on the project.  

Stone with commemorative plaque

Stolpersteine Project

In May 2020, the German Consulate Toronto approached TMU Library with the idea to jointly create a virtual experience based on the Stolpersteine memorials and a year later this creative partnership produced “Stolpersteine: Stories Through Generations.” The project brings the stories of four Canadian families alive through the narrative of audio interviews and private family images.

Read full story in Ryerson Today

The Real Winnie

Remembering the Real Winnie is a collaborative project by students, alumni, staff and faculty at Ryerson based on the Colebourn Family Archive which comprises photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and a veterinary kit that belonged to Harry Colebourn, who at the onset of WWI purchased a bear cub in northern Ontario that was to become the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The Library’s contribution to this project was the creation of a website that provides access to the Colebourn Family Archives through flipbooks, diary transcriptions, digital images and 3D scans.

Discover St. Clair

The Discover St Clair app was created in collaboration with the Wychwood Barns Community Association and the Department of Architectural Sciences to showcase historical information including architectural details about the buildings, landmarks, influential people, and defining events in the neighbourhoods adjoining St. Clair Avenue.  The Discover St. Clair app is available for both Apple and Android devices; content is also available on the Discover St. Clair website.

Children's Literature Archive

Children’s Literature Archive

The Children’s Literature Archive is a collection developed by  the Faculty of Arts Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH).  The Library collaborated with the CDH to develop virtual exhibition space to display selections from this collection and to create a space where students could curate their own exhibits.

RULAMaps/Architecture App

RULAMaps/Architecture App is an app that uses your location to display images and information about the architectural and historical relevance of buildings around you.  The app was created as a collaborative project between the Library and the Department of Architectural Science.


The Library is currently exploring several other projects. If you have an idea for a project that you would like to pursue with the Library, please contact Joanna Beyersbergen.